Sunday, May 30, 2021

Farm Post number 2-2021

Good Evening everyone!  
So happy to have you drop by the Blessed Hearth Blog tonight.. 
We have not been out to the farm a whole lot the last bit due to so much going on and the weather is not very warm here yet.. 
Terry has been out and working the gardens some but I have only been there to stay once.. 
This was on a lovely day and we arrived early... 
I love getting there early as I am my best in the mornings.. 😉
As the afternoons wear on I tend to slow down... 
Before we left home I made sure to get a lovely big bouquet of 
Forget Me Nots...

The most beautiful part of Spring are all the gorgeous blooms .. 
I set them in a jar and lit one of my homemade candles.. 
Made from my own Lavender... smile.. 
And by the way my Lavender once again this year.. 
Thank you dear Lord.. 
My main goal this day was to clean the old back porch.. 
That is where Terry has resided each day he went out all winter... 
Oh my! 
He shelled beans there and put all his tools and such.. 
He says it is his room and wants hats and fishing rods and such hanging everywhere.. 
What am I to do but make the best of it.. 😏
We opened the door to air it all out.. 
But what a gorgeous view.. 
So many shades of green... (my fave colour)  
He painted it last year but he has to replace a piece of sheetrock in the ceiling and other stuff.. 
I decided to just clean it and hang a few pics and such to brighten it up.. 

I found this hoop at a thrift store but have to put a bit of stuffing in the geese.. 
So old fashioned but it goes with this old house.. 

These were thrift store finds also. 
I believe I will paint the frames to go with the hoop.. 
Then this old book shelf needs a paint job too.. 
All good projects for me to work on once we are there for the summer.. 
No internet so I need to have lots of projects to work on.. 

After awhile I went into the kitchen to start lunch.. 

This is the old cupboard we brought up from the cottage.. 
Terry put some legs on it and painted it for me.. 

I decided to change it up a bit on top.. 
As this post is a bit boring and short I took a few pics of the old dishes I have in the cupboard.. 😊

An old mason jar molasses dish.. 
And a mason jar water pitcher..  

Then it was time to get lunch and set the table.. 

We didn't have anything fancy..

A spring like Maritime Canada meal..
Hake Fish Hash and Fiddleheads and a Cucumber Salad.. 

If you would like to make the Fish Hash it is really simple.. 
First you peel and boil a few potatoes... (how many you need)
You can use any white filleted fish you like.. 
It is best with cod but all I had out there was Hake.. 
Saute up a chopped onion or two with oil, butter or bacon fat in a large frying pan. Mash your potatoes and add.. Then add your fillet which you can cut up smaller.. 
Add salt and pepper and some herbs of choice.. 
Just put it on medium heat and stir every little bit.. 
Terry likes the crispy bits.. smile.. 
When the fish is cooked through throw on some fresh parsley or dill and serve..  

It makes a nice lunch.. 
My Gram used to do the same thing but instead of fish she would add pieces of stale homemade bread and summer savoury for the herb.. 
And I believe she cooked it in bacon fat.. 
My Aunt Eleanor shared that recipe with me.. smile.. 

Last year we planted violets out by the spring.. 

Terry had picked me a bunch along the road but it is so nice that these ones came back.. 
I am making violet oil and  salve with them... 

Terry was working outside so after awhile I had a cup of tea and read for awhile.. 

My newest book that arrived from Amazon.. 
See who the author is.. 
I also read Let the Hurricane Roar..
I could download it on my Kindle. 
It was excellent!
I had to buy this book as it is not on there.. 
I know I will enjoy this one, too.. 

Here is one I loved also..
Passing this one on to my sister... smile..  
Well, we had a good day but was happy to get back home here.. 

I will enjoy it more when it warms up and it will.  

This is a project I would love to do out at the farm.. 

I have been looking for this wallpaper for a few years now.. 
I wish I could find something similar but thus far no luck.. 
If you have any or know where I can buy some please let me know.. 
Just email or message me please.. 
I have been collecting wallpaper borders which are all different and think I will do that if I can't get the roses.. 

This is a sweet pic of our daughter that was taken yesterday.. 
I so loved it and thought you might like to see it too.. 
I know some of you have followed this blog for over ten years and have known Shonda through the blog that long.. smile.. 
Don't we mommas love our children.. 
We look at a pic of them even when they are grown and smile.. 
They are as dear to us now as they were when they were in their cribs with their little arms outstretched to us.. eh?
So thankful to the Lord for the sweet blessings of our families.. 
No wonder the Lord created the family first.. right? 

I pray that wherever you live in this world that all is well with you and that you have hope.. 
That you know the peace giver and that you know Him by Name.. 
His Name is Jesus... 

Thank you so much for dropping by.. 
I downloaded a bunch of other pics of stuff I have been doing but will do another post on it later.. 
Have made some dandelion jelly, salves, lotion bars and such.. 
 The rhubarb is being made into jams and jellies and such.. 
What have you been busy doing.. 
Our gardens are not all ready to plant yet but soon..
The nice thing about raised bed are they are ready sooner.. 
I hope to hear from you either here or on Face Book.. 
I am called blessed hearth on Instagram if you would like to join me there.. 
I love your comments here and was wondering if you leave one on Anonymous if you would just leave your first name so I know when you comment again.. 
Thanks dearies.. 
May God bless you this week..  

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Farm Post number 1/2021

Hello dear hearts!
Happy Mother's Day to you!
 Welcome to the Blessed Hearth! 
Just a little farm post for you on this day...

This was our first day there this year.. 
Terry has been each week mostly all winter but I have not been.. 
We had a few warm days and he went up the day ahead with Trevor..  They were planting apple trees..
 He kept the stove pumping to get rid of dampness... 
You know me and my old bones..
He worries about them more then I do but I am thankful for that.. 

It was a lovely day.. 
I couldn't get over the empty baked bean cans!  grin.. 
They must have been convenient lunches for him.. 
No wonder he never wanted me to pack his lunch except for a banana or such.. smile.. 

I started the morning with turning on some music and getting my incense burning..  

I love Sandalwood!  
Freshens the house right up after a long closed up winter.. 

Then I did some dishes and cleaned the kitchen.. 

The table was covered with his stuff.. 
Seeds and tools and such.. 

Then I started getting lunch ready.. 
While it was cooking I started on the fridge.. 
I detest that job even if there is not much food in there.. 
But it got done.. Takes so long! 😐

Loved digging out some new placemats that I found at a thrift store.. 

I think they are handwoven.. 
Some homemade dill pickles brought from home.. 
And a Shepherds Pie was put in the old oven.. 
Love love that old stove!

I made the topping with mostly turnips and only one potato, I think..
Trying to cut back on carbs.. smile.. 
Do you spy that dear wee milk pitcher?  Don't you love it?  grin.. 

Our own home canned peas and hamburger, onions and such.. 
I asked Terry to bring up a jar of our green beans but he thought I said peas.. Didn't matter.. 
We just have a lot more beans left yet then peas... 
I have not canned peas until last Fall.. 
We loved them and hopefully he will plant many more so I can get a lot more jars done up for this coming Winter.. 
I think this is Shonda's recipe..  

It was a nice change from my regular one.. 

After a nice cup of tea and a banana, I read a bit and he had a nap.. 

He went back outside to work on the raised beds.. 

And fill the truck with wood to take home.. 
I did some more cleaning and puttering.. 

A new book I picked up at Chapters.. 
My grandson will love it.. smile.. 

I bought a box of pansies to put on the table here and at the farm.. 

Such sweet little cheery faces... 

I wanted to include the recipe for you of the cake Shonda made at Easter.  

my dear 
Aunt Mary's White cake... 
1 1/2 cups white sugar plus 1 tablespoon
Shortening the size of an egg
1 cup of milk
2 cups flour scant
1 tsp of soda scant
2 tsp of cream of tartar
1/2 tsp of salt
2 eggs last
I use a 9 inch round deep round pan or 9x12    
Shonda used a Bundt pan  
350 degrees F.   

This recipe us how she told it to me!! ❤

I have been wanting to make the cake all week but we were too busy, I guess.. 
So I took a pic of one I had posted on Instagram awhile ago.. 

I have been doing a photo challenge on Instagram for a cozy living posts.. 
Each day has a different theme .
This is the pic for a cozy corner...

A corner of the Living Room.. 
I still have a lot to do in that room.. 
Just takes time as my dear husband keeps telling me when I get a bit overwhelmed.. smile.. 

All in all it was a great day and I am excited to get back and get into some real work.. 
Like painting the cupboard in the pantry and the china cabinet in the livingroom.. 
You know what I mean, eh?   
Fun stuff... lol..

And so we headed for home.. 

Twas a good day!  

Some words in a journal I have up there... 

Written in my journal back when life was normal!  
But forever true! 
He shall be as the light of the morning
A cloudless sunrise 
When the tender grass
Springs forth upon the earth;
As sunshine after rain.. 

Last year 2020 with the virus doing it's thing we didn't stay at the farm.. 
Just went a few days a week and back home.. 
Hopefully, this year it will be better and we will be there for the summer.. 
We are ordering our chickens.. 
Terry has plants growing and I am planning.. smile.. 

God bless you dear girls ... 
Love your homes.. 
Love your families and love the Lord.. 

My first Mother's Day without my precious Mom.. 
Miss her everyday... 
Love her forever.. 

Hugs from New Brunswick...